Widespread adoption of Bt cotton and insecticide decrease promotes biocontrol services

@article{Lu2012WidespreadAO,
  title={Widespread adoption of Bt cotton and insecticide decrease promotes biocontrol services},
  author={Yanhui Lu and Kongming Wu and Yu-ying Jiang and Yu-yuan Guo and Nicolas Desneux},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={487},
  pages={362-365}
}
Over the past 16 years, vast plantings of transgenic crops producing insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have helped to control several major insect pests and reduce the need for insecticide sprays. Because broad-spectrum insecticides kill arthropod natural enemies that provide biological control of pests, the decrease in use of insecticide sprays associated with Bt crops could enhance biocontrol services. However, this hypothesis has not been tested in terms of… 
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